Culinary Traditions of Cuba

  • Port

    Havana (La Habana), Cuba

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 8 Hours

  • Meals Included


Begin your day with a drive through Havana to view the sights and sounds of the city.

At a local restaurant, you'll be presented with a culinary demonstration showcasing a traditional Cuban dish then relax and enjoy your lunch of Cuban cuisine. Learn how to make the famous Mojito during a step-by-step demonstration and have the opportunity to make your own. You will leave with recipes to try back at home.

This is followed by experiencing the ‘Cuban marriage’ -- the ritual combination of the three products for which Cuba is famous -- coffee, cigars and rum. Learn the art of cigar-smoking and the process of turning sugarcane into world-class rum.

Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana. Stroll through two main plazas, each with its own set of characteristics, vendors, street performers and musicians. Take in the sights and smell of Plaza Vieja surrounded by culinary traditions including a local chocolate factory, churro food cart, a coffee house where they roast beans on the premises, and a local brewpub. You'll have an hour of free time to experience the culture and interacting with the local people. The Plaza de San Francisco is where you will see the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, the Fuente de los Leones, and then the old Customs House and Stock Exchange and learn about the well-known Caballero de Paris.


Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Walking is required on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to provide the best experience.

Regulation Notes Regarding Tours:

Pursuant to November 8, 2017 changes in U.S. regulations with respect to People to People travel authorization to Cuba, guests who wish to disembark in Cuba and do not qualify for other categories of authorized travel must participate in either a full-time group People to People program sponsored by either Holland America Line or a third-party U.S. sponsoring organization.

After guests have completed their required full-time schedule of People to People activities, they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or participate in evening HAL excursions (not designed to be People to People programs).

This tour is designed to be in compliance with People to People guidelines.